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COMPARATIVE DATA IN SUPPORT OF TRAFFIC SAFETY INITIATIVES Prepared by: The Colorado State Patrol Operational Development Section.

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1 COMPARATIVE DATA IN SUPPORT OF TRAFFIC SAFETY INITIATIVES Prepared by: The Colorado State Patrol Operational Development Section

2 Management Philosophy “Balanced Scorecard” The “balanced scorecard” method of planning and executing a focused strategy is the means by which the Patrol has chosen to proceed towards reaching its target goal of eliminating most fatalities in Colorado by The “balanced scorecard” method of planning and executing a focused strategy is the means by which the Patrol has chosen to proceed towards reaching its target goal of eliminating most fatalities in Colorado by 2025.

3 Balanced Scorecard Perspectives Service Perspective Service Perspective Community Perspective Community Perspective Internal-Business-Process Perspective Internal-Business-Process Perspective Organizational Capacity Perspective Organizational Capacity Perspective

4 Making Positive Changes to Driving Behavior The Colorado State Patrol’s strategic, long-term objective is to significantly reduce the number of fatal crashes on Colorado roadways by 2025, making Colorado roadways one of the safest in the country. The Colorado State Patrol’s strategic, long-term objective is to significantly reduce the number of fatal crashes on Colorado roadways by 2025, making Colorado roadways one of the safest in the country.

5 Making Positive Changes to Driving Behavior Deployment Strategy Targeting specific stretches of road (“safety zones”) Targeting specific stretches of road (“safety zones”) Targeting specific driving behaviors (Hazardous Violations) Targeting specific driving behaviors (Hazardous Violations) Targeting a designated time period (Colorado Target Zero Campaign). Targeting a designated time period (Colorado Target Zero Campaign).

6 Making Positive Changes to Driving Behavior Comparative data indicates that by increasing fines for Hazardous Violation Point Tickets (HVPT), drivers may hesitate before violating laws that are known to cause traffic crashes, thus reducing injury and fatal crashes. Comparative data indicates that by increasing fines for Hazardous Violation Point Tickets (HVPT), drivers may hesitate before violating laws that are known to cause traffic crashes, thus reducing injury and fatal crashes.

7 A Comparison of State and Municipal Fines In comparing State fines with local cities such as Fort Collins, Arvada, Lakewood, and Colorado Springs, State fines are 42% lower on average. In comparing State fines with local cities such as Fort Collins, Arvada, Lakewood, and Colorado Springs, State fines are 42% lower on average. Colorado Springs had a dramatic reduction in crashes after increasing their fine structure in The result was a 35.2% reduction in a recent three year period. Colorado Springs had a dramatic reduction in crashes after increasing their fine structure in The result was a 35.2% reduction in a recent three year period.

8 STATUTE NUMBER CHARGESTATEFT. COLLINSARVADALAKEWOODCOLORADO SPRINGS (2)(a)Speeding (10-19 MPH over Prima Facie Limit) $50.00$ $80.00$ (15 MPH over) Careless Driving$50.00$ $60.00$ (1)Following Too Closely$35.00 $ $100.00$60.00 $ (1)(b)Backed Vehicle on (Shoulder/Roadway) of Controlled Access Highway $15.00$50.00 $40.00$ (1)(a)Passed on Left in Unsafe Manner$35.00$ $80.00$ (1)Drove Vehicle in Passing Lane When Prohibited (Posted 65 MPH or More) $35.00 $ $80.00$ (1)(a)Changed Lanes When Unsafe$35.00$75.00 $60.00$ (2)Drove When Safety Belt Not in Use$15.00$25.00$50.00$30.00$50.00 AVERAGE FINE $33.75$81.25$84.37$61.25$93.75 Colorado State Fine Comparison with Local Municipalities

9 Research shows when comparing fines and lower fatality rates, that Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and Minnesota were the top four ranked for lowest fatality rates as of Research shows when comparing fines and lower fatality rates, that Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and Minnesota were the top four ranked for lowest fatality rates as of Comparing traffic fines in Colorado to the four states with the lowest fatality rates, Colorado fines are approximately three times lower. Comparing traffic fines in Colorado to the four states with the lowest fatality rates, Colorado fines are approximately three times lower. Colorado is currently ranked 18th for the lowest fatality rate in the United States. Prior to the implementation of our new Strategic Plan (2001) Colorado was ranked 32 nd. Colorado is currently ranked 18th for the lowest fatality rate in the United States. Prior to the implementation of our new Strategic Plan (2001) Colorado was ranked 32 nd. Colorado Fines as Compared to the Four States with the Lowest Fatality Rates

10 Five State Comparison STATUTE NUMBER CHARGECOLORADOMASSACHUSETTSCONNECTICUTVERMONTMINNESOTA (2)(a)Speeding (10-19 MPH over Prima Facie Limit) 15 MPH over used as an example. $50.00$100.00$163.00$108.00$ Careless Driving$50.00 $100.00$199.00$ (1)Following Too Closely$35.00 $ $ $ $ (1)(b)Backed Vehicle on (Shoulder/Roadway) of Controlled Access Highway $15.00$50.00$103.00$199.00$ (1)(a)Passed on Left in Unsafe Manner$35.00$100.00$103.00$199.00$ (1)Drove Vehicle in Passing Lane When Prohibited (Posted 65 MPH or More) $35.00$100.00$103.00$199.00$ (1)(a)Changed Lanes When Unsafe$35.00$100.00$103.00$199.00$ (2)Drove When Safety Belt Not in Use$15.00$25.00$37.00$25.00(1 ST offense ) $ AVERAGE FINE$33.75$68.12$101.87$165.87$146.12

11 Primary Causal Factors for All Fatal and Injury Crashes Investigated by CSP Officers in CY 2006 RankCause of CrashNumber of CrashesPercent of Total 1 Inattentive to Driving 2, % 2 Exceeding Safe / Legal Speed 1, % 3 DUI Caused 1, % 4 Lane Violation % 5 Following Too Closely % All Others 2, % TOTAL FATAL & INJURY CRASHES 8, %

12 Seatbelts In CY 2006, Colorado experienced a total of 531 fatalities. In CY 2006, Colorado experienced a total of 531 fatalities. 40.2% of these fatalities were completely ejected from their vehicles when seatbelts were available. 40.2% of these fatalities were completely ejected from their vehicles when seatbelts were available.

13 Violations Where Increased Fines Would Support Traffic Safety Inattentive to Driving Violations (All) Inattentive to Driving Violations (All) Speeding Violations (All) Speeding Violations (All) Driving Under the Influence Driving Under the Influence Lane Violations (All) Lane Violations (All) Following too Closely Following too Closely Signaling Violations (All) Signaling Violations (All) Safety Belt Violations (All) Safety Belt Violations (All) Traffic Control Device Violations (All) Traffic Control Device Violations (All) Failed to Yield Right-of-Way Violations (All) Failed to Yield Right-of-Way Violations (All) Passing Violations (All) Passing Violations (All) Improper Turns Improper Turns

14 Conclusion Targeting traffic violations that the Patrol believes are the most hazardous violations by drivers would be reduced, thus saving lives and reducing injuries on our highways, taking a major step towards eliminating most traffic fatalities by Targeting traffic violations that the Patrol believes are the most hazardous violations by drivers would be reduced, thus saving lives and reducing injuries on our highways, taking a major step towards eliminating most traffic fatalities by Being “First in Traffic Safety” is more than a motto. Building a safe traffic environment has to be a collective effort and can only be accomplished through building strategies and forging strong relationships with other governmental partners. Being “First in Traffic Safety” is more than a motto. Building a safe traffic environment has to be a collective effort and can only be accomplished through building strategies and forging strong relationships with other governmental partners.

15 National Awards CSP Victim’s Assistance Unit – 2006 National Professional Innovation in Victim Services Award CSP Victim’s Assistance Unit – 2006 National Professional Innovation in Victim Services Award Trooper Scott Hinshaw was recognized as the best Alive-At- Trooper Scott Hinshaw was recognized as the best Alive-At- 25 instructor. 25 instructor. In 2005 the CSP took 1 st place in the IACP Law Enforcement Challenge. In 2005 the CSP took 1 st place in the IACP Law Enforcement Challenge. In 2005 the CSP won the IACP Child Passenger Safety Award. In 2005 the CSP won the IACP Child Passenger Safety Award. In 2006 the CSP took 2 nd place in the Championship class of the IACP Law Enforcement Challenge. In 2006 the CSP took 2 nd place in the Championship class of the IACP Law Enforcement Challenge.


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